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Bill de Blasio at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

In order to better the economic lot of their constituency, Democrats should do something they haven’t really contemplated, and have consistently avoided, since the 1930s: taking a side, with all that entails, in a class war. Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson at a Democratic rally in New York
July 18, 2014 | Perspectives

The author of Dog Whistle Politics argues that naturalistic assumptions about race mislead liberals in their effort to fathom race’s astringent power, shifting the focus from social dynamics to inherited essences.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton bids farewell to State Department employees at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, 2103, before departing the State Department for the final time as secretary of state. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 8, 2014 | Blog

It’s the Democratic Party’s own fault that voters struggle to distinguish it from the Republican Party. Continue reading

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks to veterans during a national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 26, 2002. Cheney spelled out to veterans the administration's justification for a pre-emptive attack against Iraq, calling Saddam Hussein "as dangerous as we say he is." (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
June 27, 2014

From the health effects of smoking to weapons of mass destruction, the powers that be have told us some real whoppers over the years. Continue reading

Members of the Basij paramilitary militia fire their weapons during a training session, in Tehran, Iran. The Basij has its roots as volunteer fighters during the 1980-88 war with Iraq. I
June 13, 2014 | Blog

It’s possible that a US-Iran alliance against al-Qaeda-like groups in Iraq and Syria could lead to a tectonic shift in US policy in the Middle East. Continue reading

Jerry Miller, of Georgetown, Texas, looks over a rifle at the National Rifle Association's annual convention on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
June 12, 2014 | Blog

How did a firearm safety and training organization turn into one of America’s largest and most influential lobbying groups? Continue reading

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, walk past the graves at Normandy American Cemetary in Normandy, France, June 6, 1984. The American president and first lady are attending the 40th anniversary of the allied invasion of 1944. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
June 6, 2014 | Perspectives

The president sought to selectively remember and rewrite the legacy of Roosevelt and the greatest generation right up to his last days in office. Continue reading

Lyndon Johnson in his State of the Union message on Jan. 8, 1964.
May 23, 2014 | Perspectives

Like the New Deal before it, the Great Society changed the way Americans thought about the relationship of the government to the economy. Continue reading

Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., gives a thumbs-up at a rally. August 2012. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
March 24, 2014 | Blog

The conservative assault on food stamps — authored by Reagan, updated by Ryan — is really an attack on the middle class. Continue reading

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March 10, 2014 | Blog

Watch highlight clips from Bill’s interview with author and legal scholar Ian Haney López on the origins of dog whistle politics and how it may be used in future elections. Continue reading

Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., grabs hold of his opponent's supporter as he departs his voting precinct in Raleigh, N.C., in this Nov. 6, 1990 photo. (AP Photo/Bob Jordan)
February 28, 2014

Ian Haney López highlights six political ads from the last three decades that used racially coded language to help a candidate get elected. Continue reading

Ronald Reagan speaking at a Boston insurance meeting in 1976 said he wanted to revamp the party, possibly changing its name, and lead an aggressive drive to strengthen the two-party system. (AP Photo/J Walter Green)
February 27, 2014 | Blog

In this video clip, Ian Haney López recalls how “the great communicator” used racial tensions to sway middle-class white Americans to vote for policies not in their self-interest. Continue reading

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October 1, 2013

House Republicans were willing to shut down the government over Obamacare. We take a look back at other critics and roadblocks to social programs that are popular today. Continue reading

The White House, is seen from the Washington Monument, Sunday, June 2, 2013 in Washington. The monument has been closed since the 2011 earthquake and half of the needed repairs have been funded by a $7.5 million donation from philanthropist David Rubenstein. The Associated Press had a look at some of the worst damage and the preparations underway to begin making repairs. Stone by stone, engineers are reviewing cracks, missing pieces and broken mortar now that huge scaffolding has been built around the towering symbol of the nation’s capital. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 19, 2013 | Blog

In 1979, President Carter installed solar panels on the White House that Reagan later had removed. Last week, Obama made good on his 2010 promise to bring solar panels back to the White House. Continue reading

Lincoln, LBJ, Obama composite
December 21, 2012

Inspired by Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, learn about and experience ten instances of powerful presidential rhetoric on a wide range of topics. Continue reading

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